Fort Wayne young woman arrested in attempted poisoning of baby niece

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A 19-year-old Fort Wayne woman wanted in connection with the attempted poisoning of her baby niece was apprehended Thursday afternoon in Bay City, Mich., by a U.S. Marshals’ task force, the U.S. Marshals Service announced Friday morning in a news release.

Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda, of the 400 block of East Taber Street, was charged Monday in Allen Superior Court with one count of attempted murder for allegedly crushing up enough medication to kill a man and putting it in a bottle of the baby’s formula. Rodriguez-Miranda was awaiting extradition to Indiana on Friday morning, the marshals service said.

The incident allegedly took place Jan. 10-12, when Rodriguez-Miranda’s brother, his fiancee and their 11-week-old infant came to stay at the residence Rodriguez-Miranda shared with their mother, according to the probable cause affidavit file in the Allen County case.

At about 3 a.m. Jan. 12, the Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother noticed an alleged text conversation between her daughter and someone that detailed how much acetaminophen, caffeine and aspirin was needed to kill the infant, the affidavit said. The mother said there was a picture of a mortar and pestle with a large quantity of white powder, and she took screen captures of her daughter’s text conversation.

She told authorities she then went to the refrigerator and reportedly found two bottles of baby formula, one of which allegedly had residue in the bottom and a greenish ring around the bottle. She also noticed the milk reportedly was darker in that bottle as compared to the other bottle. She said she bagged both bottles.

She then took the infant and the infant’s mother to the hospital, explaining the need for the baby to have a medical examination, which revealed the baby was fine, the affidavit said. She turned the bottles over to a Department of Child Services worker, who also noticed a substance in one bottle, the affidavit said.

During an interview with police on Jan. 17, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother reportedly turned over the medication bottles, a mortar and pestle, and signed a consent for police to search her house, the affidavit said. She told police her daughter left the state with her boyfriend, allegedly claiming she didn’t want her brother’s family in the house.

Tests conducted on the bottled formula reportedly found a deadly mix of drugs equal to nine Excedrin tablets, the affidavit said. Indiana State Police Lab technicians allegedly positively identified 2,240 mg of acetaminophen in the bottle, when 900 mg would have been toxic to the infant, who weighed just under 10 pounds at the time of the incident. Test results also revealed lethal amounts of caffeine and aspirin, the affidavit said.

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